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Prince William breaks silence on BBC probe into Diana Panorama interview

Prince William has issued a statement following the BBC’s decision to investigate the circumstances around their Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

The Duke of Cambridge welcomed the independent probe into Martin Bashir's controversial television interview with Diana and said it was a step in the "right direction".

Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls, will lead the investigation, and seek to discover what steps Bashir took to get the interview.

It comes after Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, said that he was shown "false bank statements" by Bashir and that these statements were used to help the reporter gain access to the princess.

Prince William, second in line to the throne, said: "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction.

"It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time."

During the interview, Princess Diana sensationally claimed there was "three" people in the marriage she had with Prince Charles.

She famously said: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

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At the time, the interview sent shockwaves through the monarchy as it shared candid details about her marriage and the Prince of Wales' rumoured relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, his now-wife.

Princess Diana also questioned Charles' ability to be King and, a month later, the Queen urged the separated couple to divorce.

The review is expected to look at whether the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate, and to what extent those actions influenced Diana's decision to give an interview.

A statement about Bashir, from the BBC, said: "He is currently recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and has significant complications from having contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year."

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